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James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

About James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

Overview of the Program

The Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems program supports scholarship and research directed toward the discovery and refinement of theoretical and mathematical tools contributing to the continued development of the study of complex, adaptive, nonlinear systems. The program’s emphasis is on the development and application of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research per se. JSMF is also interested in projects attempting to apply complex systems approaches to coherently articulated questions where such approaches are not yet standard but could open up new paths to progress.

 

Important Note: JSMF supports research in the brain sciences through its topical program Understanding Human Cognition. The Foundation recommends that researchers in the neurosciences not submit applications to the Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. Typically, such applications are unsuccessful.

 

The Fellowship

 

Students completing their doctoral training, and committed to acquiring new skills and experience in a multi-disciplinary field such as complex systems science, can benefit from postdoctoral training where such opportunities to broaden research experience and acquire new knowledge and skills. A postdoctoral position adding new dimensions to a student’s doctoral education (adding theoretical skills to one’s experimental training or vice versa; pursuing work in a new topic or field), can be limited by the availability of funded positions via institutional training grants or faculty research grants. The latter case can result in a postdoctoral fellow engaging in a research project dictated by the needs of the research grant rather than pursuing a creative and self-directed training program based on his or her interests or goals.

 

The James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems is intended to provide students in the final stages of completing a Ph.D. degree more freedom in identifying and securing postdoctoral training opportunities. Following a multi-phase review of applications, selected pre-doctoral students are granted “letters of intent to fund” that the student can use in negotiating with potential postdoctoral training institutions while the student is in the final phase of graduate school. The JSMF Fellowship is designed to provide students with opportunities to pursue postdoctoral training that might not be otherwise readily available. The Fellowships are intended to allow students to seek postdoctoral research opportunities aligned with the student’s interest and desire to obtain additional skills and experience that will further their pursuit of careers in complex systems science.

 

Eligibility

 

The JSMF Fellowship is a unique opportunity for students with an interest in and an aptitude for complexity science who are in the final stages of completing their Ph.D. and looking to make a significant change in direction for their first postdoctoral fellowship (field of study, model organism, theory vs experimental, etc.) that will either be difficult or impossible without an external source of funding. Students should anticipate activating the Fellowship between June 2021 and February 28, 2022.

 

In prior years, upwards of 70% of submissions are not advanced past the first review phase due to poor fit with the described goals of the program. JSMF requests that potential applicants and their advisors carefully consider the characteristics of this rather unusual Fellowship prior to applying.

 

Important Note: This Fellowship is not intended for individuals that already have completed a Ph.D. or students that have already identified a postdoctoral position and a postdoctoral mentor as traditional funding mechanisms are better suited to these students. Such applications are ineligible for consideration.

 

Deadline

 

Applications can be submitted beginning April 15, 2020. The deadline for applications and letters of support is June 12, 2020, 15:59 CDT (20:59 UTC). All materials must be submitted electronically through the specified process. Application submitted after the posted deadline are not accepted.

 

For more details refer

 

Information Document

 

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